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EE first UK operator to launch 5G (5G news: 5GWorldPro.com)

On 30 may 2019, EE has been the first operator to launchh 5G in the UK, Vodafone is planning to launch it in July, Three and O2 have not communicated yet any launch date.

5G connectivity is now available in limited parts across London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester.

While 5G coverage has been extremely limited with Verizon’s 5G network in the US, it’s a whole different story in London. EE has focused its initial coverage on popular tourist destinations across London, including areas like St Paul’s, Covent Garden, Soho, The Strand, Tower Bridge, and London Bridge.

EE has been carrying out various 5G trials to get here. It was responsible for the “UK’s first” 5G trial network, which it switched on in Canary Wharf in late 2018. It quickly expanded that trial, switching on nine 5G sites across London.

While many people will be skeptical about why speeds like 980 Mbps are needed on a phone, the practical benefits are far-reaching. If we can reach reliable gigabit speeds on 5G networks, then this opens up the ability for new applications, cloud streaming of 4K and above content, cloud game streaming, augmented reality games 

EE has been carrying out various 5G trials to get here. It was responsible for the “UK’s first” 5G trial network, which it switched on in Canary Wharf in late 2018. It quickly expanded that trial, switching on nine 5G sites across London.

That has been EE’s main 5G trial so far, but it has also carried out smaller ones, such as demonstrating the first live 5G broadcast, and looking ahead, EE plans tobring 5G to this year’s Glastonbury Festival, giving festival-goers an early chance to experience the technology at the event in late June.

Prices and devices

Prices for EE’s 5G plans start at £54 ($68) a month for 10GB of data, rising to £74 ($93) a month for 120GB. With faster speeds, it’s far easier to be tempted to use a 5G connection with your laptop and start downloading far more data like you would on a home fiber connection. You could realistically use 120GB of data within minutes, making 5G an expensive gamble for early adopters.

Early adopters of 5G will also have a very limited option of handsets. EE is launching with OnePlus’ 7 Pro 5G as the exclusive handset for around a week. OnePlus has been working closely with EE to optimize its handset for the new 5G network, and although the 5G handset looks and feels exactly like a OnePlus 7 Pro, the company has done a lot of work internally to improve the antenna arrangement.

Samsung’s S10 5G, Oppo’s Reno 5G, and the LG V50 ThinQ will also be available in June. Huawei’s Mate 20 X 5G hasn’t made the list just yet, as EE has paused the launch of it after Google pulled the company’s Android license in response to a US government ban. We’re still waiting to see a lot more 5G-enabled devices, and it looks like Apple won’t bring 5G to the iPhone until next year.

 

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